Monthly Archives: August 2013

Japan’s Universities Aiming for Internationalization

Japan’s Universities Aiming to be Internationally more Competitive Japan’s Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been working to make the country’s universities more competitive globally. “We want Japanese universities to increase the number of international faculty, … Continue reading

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ETH Zurich Climbs Up World University Ranking

ETH Zurich Scores No 20 in Shanghai Ranking to Become Highest Non-English-Speaking University The Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) is one of three main ranking lists used to compare higher education institutions worldwide. The … Continue reading

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7 Soccer Fields of Solar Panel Going on Stream

32’000m2 of Solar Power Panel Going on Stream The largest solar power station of Switzerland is located on the roof top of the Migros distribution center in Neuendorf. 20’000 solar panels are covering the area of approximately 7 soccer fields. As … Continue reading

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Chimpanzee and Orangutan Able to Learn to Swim

Chimpanzee and Orangutan Able to Learn how to Swim Hominoid apes are known to lack the instinctive capability to swim. In Zoos it sometimes happens that they drown when they accidentally get caught in a water ditch. Nevertheless, two researchers, Renato … Continue reading

Posted in Swiss News |

Solar Cell Doping Using Copper

Successful Solar Cell Doping at EMPA Using Copper Researchers from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have been working on the industrialization of flexible, light-weight and low-cost cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells on metal foils. Their … Continue reading

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More Environmental Friendly Solar Cells

More Environmental Friendly Solar Cells Developed at Uni Basel  Researchers at the University of Basel have developed dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using a method by which iodine is replaced with more abundant and less expensive cobalt. “Iodine is a rare … Continue reading

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Tremendous Shift of Tectonic Plate Border Boundary

Tremendous Shift of Tectonic Plate Border Boundary after Great East Japan Earthquake In 2011, shortly after the Great East Japan Earthquake, which induced a destructive tsunami, a research collaboration of Japanese, Swiss and German geoscientist worked out expedition plans to … Continue reading

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Light and Efficient Insulator Developed by Empa and Fixit

Light and Efficient Insulator Developed by Empa and Fixit Empa and the Swiss render manufacturer Fixit AG together developed a new Aerogel-based plaster that provides twice the insulation of currently used insulating renders. The Aerogel-based plaster is based on a … Continue reading

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Researchers from EPFL Disarm Bacteria

Researchers from EPFL Disarm Bacteria Researchers from École Politechnique Fédérale de Lausanne  (EPFL) have decoded an important mechanism that allows certain bacteria to dig holes into the outer membranes of other types of cells. The bacteria assemble little pore-like spikes … Continue reading

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World’s First Clinical Research Using iPS Cells

Japan Initiates the World’s First Clinical Research Using iPS Cells The scientific research institute RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology and the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation applied in February for government permission to conduct clinical research. In July the … Continue reading

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